John R. ‘Jay’ Young, en­ve­lope firm owner

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES -

John R. Young, who owned an en­ve­lope busi­ness and was a bene­fac­tor to mu­si­cal arts groups, hos­pi­tals and schools, died of heart dis­ease July 18 at Gilchrist Care in Tow­son. The Hunt Val­ley res­i­dent was 87.

Born in Eliz­a­beth, New Jer­sey, he was the son of Mary Agatha Lacko and John Pa­trick Yaku­bisin, who ran a cor­ner gro­cery store. As a young man he worked in their busi­ness as a stock clerk and de­liv­ery boy. He was a 1951 grad­u­ate of the Staunton Mil­i­tary Academy and earned an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree from the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity. He also stud­ied at the Har­vard Univer­sity School of Busi­ness.

Mr. Young went into the print­ing and pack­ag­ing in­dus­try and was the owner and CEO of the Oles En­ve­lope Corp. from 1978 to 2010. The busi­ness is lo­cated on East 25th Street near Waverly.

He also owned Oles de Puerto Rico, an en­ve­lope man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Mr. Young was a board mem­ber and for­mer chair of the old Baltimore Opera Com­pany and sat on the board of the Greater Baltimore Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He was also a donor to the Pe­abody In­sti­tute of the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity and the Johns Hop­kins Whit­ing School of En­gi­neer­ing in Rem­ing­ton.

“Jay was an old school gen­tle­man,” said James Harp, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Mary­land Opera. “He was in­te­gral in in­creas­ing the qual­ity and num­ber of per­for­mances of the

Baltimore Opera. He was also in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing the ed­u­ca­tional out­reach to in­clude all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. His charm, hu­mor and tact fre­quently dif­fused typ­i­cally oper­atic sit­u­a­tions too.”

He was a co-founder of the Amer­i­can Stu­dents’ Fund. He awarded more than $100,000 in schol­ar­ships to Baltimore stu­dents. The awards were based not on aca­demic achieve­ment, but on char­ac­ter and cit­i­zen­ship.

“He as­sisted stu­dents at some of the most chal­lenged schools in Baltimore city and county,” said his wife, Carol Jean Lovette-Young.

He also gave to the Ben Car­son Schol­ars Fund.

Mr. Young en­joyed play­ing cocktail pi­ano mu­sic. He played golf and har­vested veg­eta­bles from a home gar­den.

Plans for a cel­e­bra­tion of pend­ing.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of nearly 30 years, a re­tired pi­ano in­struc­tor who also served at the Pe­abody Prepara­tory School; two sons, John “JT” Young of Vir­ginia Beach, Vir­ginia, and Ja­cob Young of Hunt Val­ley; three daugh­ters, Mary Eliz­a­beth Young of Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land, Vic­to­ria Young of Baltimore and Caro­line Horne of Winch­ester, Eng­land; a sis­ter, Alice Yaku­bisin of Ea­ton­town, New Jer­sey; and eight grand­chil­dren. His pre­vi­ous wife of 28 years, Anne V. Met­zger, a singer, died in 1989.

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